Box in the Form of a Precious Metal Ingot
Porcelain with cobalt blue underglaze decoration
3 9/16 x 5 1/2 x 8 5/8 in. (9.1 x 13.9 x 21.9 cm) (show scale)
6-character reign mark on base: "Made during the Wanli reign of the Great Ming"
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The William E. Hutchins Collection, Bequest of Augustus S. Hutchins
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Box in the Form of a Precious Metal Ingot, 1573-1619. Porcelain with cobalt blue underglaze decoration, 3 9/16 x 5 1/2 x 8 5/8 in. (9.1 x 13.9 x 21.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, The William E. Hutchins Collection, Bequest of Augustus S. Hutchins, 52.49.17a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 52.49.17a-b_side_bw.jpg)
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Seed mouth; shallow body that slightly tapers; circular foot; attached cover. In shape of ingot. Cobalt-blue decoration: 4 walking dragons on box and cover. Double dragons grasping the flaming pearl on cover. 5-clawed dragon was the emperor's symbol and was used in the palace. 6-character reign mark on base: "Made during the Wanli reign of the Great Ming". The seed mouths and base of foot are unglazed. Vessel's and cover's interior and exterior are covered with a clear glaze. Because of the low amount of iron in glaze and reducing atmosphere, glaze has a blue-green color. Daily used ware.
Condition: Basically intact. Chips on seed mouth.
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